How to Brew a French Press

The French press is one of the most common coffee brewing devices. It’s affordable, user friendly, and easy to learn. In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the french press and how to brew a fantastic cup of coffee with it.

What is a French Press

A french press is an immersion coffee brewing device. The french press produces a rich and creamy cup by allowing the oils and superfine coffee particles through its metal filter and into your cup of coffee.

How Does a French Press Work?

Ground coffee and hot water is added to the carafe, and when the coffee is brewed and ready to pour, the plunger is pushed down, trapping the ground coffee at the bottom of the carafe, allowing the brewed coffee to be easily poured into your cup.

French Press Coffee Ratio

We recommend a water to coffee ratio of 16:1 to 12:1 depending on the coffee and your preference. This means 16 grams of water for every gram of coffee. To calculate how much coffee you need, weigh the amount of water you want to brew and divide that by 16. That will give you the amount of coffee to grind.

French Press Coffee Grind

Because the metal filter allows superfine coffee particles to pass into your cup, you’ll want to grind your coffee a bit more coarse to reduce the amount of sediment in your cup. This grind consistency should be similar to coarse sea salt.

Learn more about coffee grinding on our How to Grind Coffee guide.

French Press Coffee Recipe

  • Water to coffee ratio: 16:1
  • Water: 600g
  • Coffee: 38g
  • Grind: Coarse (sea salt)

How to Make French Press Coffee

  1. Step 1 - 0:00 Add 200g of water to your coffee and stir
  2. Step 2 - 0:45 Add the remaining 400g of water
  3. Step 3 - 4:00 Plunge and pour

5 Best French Press Coffee Makers

1. Hario French Press

The famed coffee brewing coffee company, Hario, makes one of our favorite french presses. Made of metal and glass, this is a french press that will last a lifetime.

2. Espro French Press P5

Espro makes great coffee equipment. Their french press features a redesigned mesh filter that helps remove superfine particles producing a cleaner cup.

3. Yield Ceramic French Press

Yield makes quite possibly the most beautiful french press on the market.

4. Le Creuset French Press

Le Creuset makes a stoneware french press that is beautiful and durable.

5. Bodum Brazil French Press

If you're needing something affordable, Bodum's french press gets the job done at a very approachable price.

Additional Equipment for Making a French Press

Baratza Encore Grinder

Our favorite home grinder, The Baratza Encore is a conical burr grinder. It’s simple to operate, well built, and affordable.

Hario "Bona" Enamel Pour Over Coffee Kettle

The enamel kettle from Hario is aesthetically beautiful and well-built.

Hario scale

It’s very important to weigh your coffee and water to ensure your coffee to water ratios are correct and you’re able to reproduce a cup that you enjoy. The Hario scale is affordable, well-built, and has a built-in timer.

Methodical diner mug

Of course, you need a good mug for drinking your coffee. The Methodical diner mug goes perfect with that creamy rich french press coffee.

Methodical Blue Boy Coffee

We recommend our Blue Boy blend to brew on a french press. It’s a balanced blend that has the body you’re looking for in a rich and creamy french press, but with bright tones to add dimension to the cup.